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2020 Presidential election At first he feared Joe Biden, then he thought he was a joke, and then the joke was on him.  Olivia Nuzzi, New York, November 6, 2020 © 2020
Conspiracy theories It's not going to happen from mocking them or calling them stupid or making smart remarks like,  “If Kamala Harris really is a lizard person, why didn't she eat that fly on Mike Pence's head?” Don't do that. I'm saying don't do that.  Bill Maher,  Real Time with Bill Maher, November 20, 2020, advice on what not what to do to get QAnon followers out of their cult and over their great disappointment about Trump not being reelected  © 2020
Conspiracy theories Realizing that no single cabal can secretly control the entire world is not just accurate – it is also empowering. It means that you can identify the competing factions in our world, and ally yourself with some groups against others. That's what real politics is all about. Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times, November 20, 2020 © 2020
Cosmopolitanism Should Americans display as much concern about Bolivians or Uzbeks as they do about their own citizenry? Maybe they should do so in some ideal world, but they simply don't. Questions about what a nation should or should not do are inevitably grounded in an existing common groundwork of concern. John Judis, The Nationalist Revival © 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus Whatever happens, we're totally prepared.  Donald Trump, February 26, 2020 © 2020
Globalization I am not a U.S. company and I don't make decisions based on what is good for the U.S. Lee Raymond, CEO of ExxonMobil © 2020
Kwiplers say Calculate the minimum wage as follows: MW = CMHI / CMHS × WPY × HPW where: MW = Minimum Wage CMHI = Current Median Household Income, e.g., $65,000 CMHS = Current Median Household Size, e.g., 2.1 people WPY = Workdays Per Year, e.g., 240 HPW = Hours Per Workday, e.g., 8 [MW would be $16.12 using data above] © 2019
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Mental health “I've been a big supporter of mental health,” Biden said at a Friday campaign event in Delaware, as first reported by Politico. “I'd recommend the people who believe it maybe should take advantage, while it still exists, of the Affordable Care Act.” Joe Biden on QAnon believers, Business Insider, September 6, 2020 © 2020
Nationalism Nationalism is not simply a political ideology, or set of ideas, but a social psychology. Nationalist sentiment is an essential ingredient of a democracy, which is based on the assumption of a common identity, and of a welfare state, which is based on the acceptance by citizens of their financial responsibility for people whom they may not know at all, and who may have widely different backgrounds from theirs. John Judis, The Nationalist Revival © 2020
Politics Politics, as a practice,  whatever its professions, had always been the systematic organization of hatreds. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams  © 2020
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016
Snapshot Secretary of State Pompeo. Mike Pompeo portrayed by Joe Biden, laughing and not commenting further © 2020
Snapshot He gives me the creeps. Donald Trump portrayed by Diana, Princess of Wales © 2020
Snapshot Trump loves nobody and has no sense of tomorrow.  Like an animal, he lives only in the present. Yet even an animal will avoid fouling the place in which it lives and sleeps. Trump cannot even meet that test. Donald Trump portrayed by David Frum © 2020
Snapshot In Trump,  the age of unreason has at last found its hero. The “self-made man” is always the idol of those who aren’t quite making it.  He is the sacred embodiment of the American dream, the guy who answers to nobody, the poor man's idea of a rich man. It's the educated phonies this group can't stand. With his utter lack of policy knowledge and belligerent commitment to maintaining his ignorance, Trump is the perfect represen- tative for a population whose idea of good  governance is just to scramble the eggheads. When reason becomes the enemy of the common man, the common man becomes the enemy of reason. Donald Trump portrayed by Matthew Stewart © 2020
Socio-economic mobility Rising immobility and rising inequality aren't like two pieces of driftwood that happen to have shown up up on the beach at the same time, he [economist Alan Kreuger] noted. They wash up together on every shore. Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 © 2020
Trumpism In the person of Donald Trump, resentment entered the White House. It rode in on the back of an alliance between a tiny subset of super-wealthy 0.1 percenters (not all of them necessarily American) and a large number of 90 percenters who stand for pretty much everything the 9.9 percent are not. Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 © 2020
Trumpism The presidency and dishonesty have become synonymous. Alliances are founded on trust. When that goes, they begin to dissolve. Roger Cohen, New York Times, October 29, 2020 © 2020
Trumpists say Democracy isn't the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that. Mike Lee, 2:24 AM · Oct 8, 2020 © 2020
Trumpists say Evangelicals know they are not compromising their beliefs in order to support this great president. Robert Jeffress, Texas megachurch pastor © 2020
< Trumpists say I haven't slept much since the election because I'm sad that Donald Trump is not our president. He's gonna be our president though. One of thousands of people attending the Million MAGA March in Washington, DC, to support Trump's baseless claims of election fraud Quoted in The Guardian, November 15, 2020 © 2020
Trumpists say There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. Mike Pompeo, explaining why he won't let officials in the State Department participate in the transition to the Biden administration © 2020
Wealth inequality According to the UC Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the 160,000 or so households in that group [the 0.1 percent] held 22 percent of America's wealth in 2012, up from 10 percent in 1963. If you're looking for the kind of money that can buy elections, you'll find it inside the top 0.1 percent alone. Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 © 2020
Wealth inequality Every piece of the pie picked up by the 0.1 percent, in relative terms, had to come from the people below. But not everyone in the 99.9 percent gave up a slice. Only those in the bottom 90 percent did. At their peak, in the mid-1980s, people in this group held 35 percent of the nation’s wealth. Three decades later that had fallen 12 points–exactly as much as the wealth of the 0.1 percent rose. Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 © 2020
Wealth inequality In between the top 0.1 percent and the bottom 90 percent is a group that has been doing just fine. It has held on to its share of a growing pie decade after decade. And as a group, it owns substantially more wealth than do the other two combined. In the tale of three classes (see Figure 1), it is represented by the gold line floating high and steady while the other two duke it out. You'll find the new aristocracy there. We are the 9.9 percent. Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 © 2020
Wealth inequality We are the people of good family, good health, good schools, good neighborhoods, and good jobs. We may want to call ourselves the “5Gs” rather than the 9.9 percent. We are so far from the not-so-good people on all of these dimensions, we are beginning to resemble a new species. Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 © 2020